Class of Certificate of Registration

The Registration Regulation made under the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998 (the “Act”) prescribes two classes of certificate of registration for social work and two classes of certificate of registration for social service work: general and provisional. The majority of certificates issued are general. Members who hold provisional certificates were required to apply for membership on or before November 21st, 2002, demonstrate their experience performing the role of a social worker or social service worker and meet other conditions set out in the Registration Regulation. Members who hold provisional certificates of registration have all the privileges and responsibilities as members who hold general certificates of registration.

Terms, Conditions and Limitations

The Registrar may issue a certificate of registration to an applicant, with terms, conditions and limitations. The Registration Appeals Committee may direct the Registrar to issue a certificate of registration to an applicant, with terms, conditions and limitations. After a hearing, the Discipline Committee may find a member guilty of professional misconduct or to be incompetent and direct the Registrar to impose specified terms, conditions and limitations on the certificate of registration held by the member. After a hearing, the Fitness to Practise Committee may find a member to be incapacitated and direct the Registrar to impose specified terms, conditions and limitations on the certificate of registration held by the member. The terms, conditions and limitations are noted in the Register.

Notations

Cancelled: A certificate of registration may be cancelled for one of a number of reasons: When a member resigns his or her membership with the College and the Registrar accepts the resignation, the Registrar cancels his or her certificate of registration. A member’s certificate of registration may be cancelled if the terms, conditions and limitations on his or her certificate of registration set out an expiry date and the certificate has expired. If the College is notified that a member of the College is deceased, the Registrar cancels the deceased member’s certificate of registration.

Inactive: A member who holds a certificate of registration, is not in default of any obligation to the College and is not the subject of any disciplinary proceeding, may apply to the College to become an inactive member. An inactive member may not engage in social work or social service work practice nor use the titles or designations reserved for members of the College, unless the title or designation is immediately followed by “inactive” in English or “inactif” in French.

Reinstated: A person whose certificate of registration has been suspended may have the suspension removed. In the case of a suspension for administrative reasons, the person must meet certain specific conditions in order to have the suspension removed. In the case of a suspension for disciplinary reasons or reasons of incapacity, the suspension may be removed in accordance with an order of the Discipline Committee or an order of the Fitness to Practise Committee, as the case may be. The removal of a suspension is referred to as a certificate of registration being reinstated.

Reissued: A person who applies for and is issued a certificate of registration after they have resigned from membership or their certificate of registration was cancelled is said to have their certificate of registration reissued.

Revoked: A member’s certificate of registration may be revoked if the Discipline Committee, after a hearing, finds a member guilty of professional misconduct or to be incompetent and directs the Registrar to revoke the certificate of registration. A member’s certificate of registration may also be revoked if the Fitness to Practise Committee, after a hearing, finds a member to be incapacitated and directs the Registrar to revoke the certificate of registration. The revocation will be noted on the Register. The finding and results of the hearing of the Discipline Committee will typically appear on the Register, in accordance with the Committee’s direction.

Revocation (administrative): The Registrar may also revoke the certificate of registration of a person whose certificate of registration has been suspended for non-payment of fees, failure to provide information required by the College’s bylaws or non-compliance with the College’s Continuing Competence Program, if the suspension remains in effect for greater than two years. A person whose certificate of registration is revoked may not use the reserved titles nor hold himself or herself out to be a social worker or social service worker.

Suspended: A certificate of registration may be suspended for administrative reasons, disciplinary reasons or reasons of incapacity. The Registrar may suspend the certificate of registration of a member of the College for failure to pay a fee or penalty prescribed by the bylaws, failure to provide information required by the College’s bylaws or failure to comply with the College’s Continuing Competence Program. This is considered an administrative suspension.

A member’s certificate of registration may also be suspended if the Discipline Committee, after a hearing, finds a member guilty of professional misconduct or to be incompetent. A member’s certificate of registration may also be suspended if the Fitness to Practise Committee, after a hearing, finds that the member is incapacitated. The suspension will be noted on the Register. The finding and results of the hearing of the Discipline Committee will typically appear on the Register, in accordance with the Committee’s direction.